RACO Wireless and Enterprise Mobile joined forces to help companies who lack the expertise to get M2M (machine-to-machine) service off the ground, and in the process increase the popularity of the sector, RACO said recently.
The cellular M2M market is expected to grow from nearly 110 million connections worldwide last year to nearly 453 million connections in five years' time, according to ABI Research. But to get there the telecom industry is to meet the complexity of developing, deploying, and managing M2M applications over cellular networks, ABI said recently.
That is what RACO and Enterprise Mobile is hoping to do by removing some of the logistics headaches rolling machine-to-machine services, according to John Horn, president of RACO. "For companies not familiar with the telecom space is complicated to deal with always," said Horn.
Working with Enterprise Mobile, RACO will help companies with everything from putting together the products, including installing the SIM card, distribution and activate the device, according to Horn.
RACO handles everything to do with the wireless services, including tools used for managing and tracking, while Enterprise Mobile administered the physical part, including the installation of SIM, product packaging and shipping, Horn stated.
Earlier this year, also announced the Omega RACO Call Center Services, which offers round-the-clock call center support for companies that do not have the resources to offer their loyal users. "The more barriers for entry to be removed, the easier it is for people to make new products and services," Horn said.
There are so many of the industry where new creative things are happening thanks to M2M that had never imagined before, whether it's chicken farm monitoring, agricultural monitoring systems for watering or maintaining oil well monitoring, including management of rapid, security and assets, according to Horn. What is RACO and Enterprise Mobile is doing will only help accelerate growth, he said.
However, RACO and Enterprise Mobile is not the only two companies working to meet the challenge of getting up and running M2M services, according to ABI.
Several large mobile operators, including AT&T, Vodafone, and Telefonica, which developed their own platform for deploying and managing the M2M cellular network connection, according to ABI.
But there is only so much can be done within the confines of a large carrier, according to Horn, along with a team of employees left T-Mobile USA to join RACO in May of last year. But no bad blood, RACO is still a major partner in T-Mobile.
In addition to RACO, there are also a number of popular third party platforms from the likes of Jasper Wireless, Ericsson, NEC, and Nokia Siemens Networks.
The latter has increasingly become the primary choice for mobile operators entering the market, as well as a second and complementary option for operators who already have their own platform, according to ABI.
In addition to that, companies such as Axeda and ILS Technology is developing what ABI calls the application enablement platform, to enable faster and cheaper application development as well as granular remote device management, said ABI.